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It goes next to the House.

The president has been scheduled to leave Washington for a 16-day vacation to Mar-a-Lago in Florida, but White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Thursday night that he would remain in the capital if a shutdown occurs.

The measure doesn't include the money President Donald Trump has demanded for his proposed border wall with Mexico.

More than 800,000 government workers are facing the prospect of being furloughed or sent to work without pay beginning at midnight Friday, disrupting government operations days before Christmas.

Rep. Warren Davidson, an Ohio Republican and House Freedom Caucus member, said some Republicans want to "continue to fight for wins we promised the American people we would get". "If enough Dems don't vote, it will be a Democrat Shutdown!" he tweeted.

Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, a leading advocate of the conservation fund, says he and other lawmakers are working to reauthorize the program before Congress adjourns for the year.

Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Democrats oppose Trump's border demands because the wall is "inefficient" and because Trump, as a candidate, promised that Mexico would pay for it, which Mexico has refused to do.

Late Wednesday, the Senate passed a measure to extend current levels of government spending until February 8, buying lawmakers time to enjoy the holidays and a few more weeks to negotiate a long-term deal. The partial government shutdown could begin, or lawmakers could work to find a solution that Trump finds acceptable.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, joined from left by Sen. Many Republicans say it's up to Trump and Democrats to cut a deal.




Schumer called shutting down the government over Christmas "a awful idea, one of the worst to come down the pike in a very long time". But a House Republican leadership news conference was delayed Thursday morning as lawmakers debated how to proceed, lending even more uncertainty to how the issue would get resolved.

But Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said there's no chance the new bill passes in the Senate.

And Trump himself lashed out at Republican leaders on Twitter after speaking by telephone with Ryan.

Congress has already approved five of the 12 annual funding bills for 2019, which cover roughly 75 percent of the federal government's $1.2 trillion discretionary budget, including the departments of defense, labor, and health. "It will go up fast and save us BILLIONS of dollars a month once completed!"

House Speaker Paul Ryan, exiting the hastily called meeting with Trump at the White House, said Thursday, "We're going to go back and work on adding border security to this, also keeping the government open, because we do want to see an agreement".

The temporary funding bill would keep government running to February 8, but some House Republicans say they must fight for the wall now. But that outcome is not assured and is not the same as his campaign promise that Mexico would pay for the wall, which the country has refused to do.

Trump signaled he has little choice but to bow to reality and drop his $5 billion border barrier funding demand, tweeting that Democrats "fight to the death" on that and other issues. It did not include the wall funding.

The Drudge Report ran the headline: "Trump in Retreat" while Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted Wednesday: "It was supposed to be a "big handsome wall" with a 'big handsome door.' Now it's just an open door with no frame".

Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) rejected an offer from McConnell on Tuesday because it provided $1 billion more than they were willing to accept for border security, deeming it a "slush fund".


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